Damian Lillard has spent the 2023 offseason fighting to get to a specific team: the Miami Heat. Rumors have gone so far as to suggest that Lillard would not report to any team besides the Heat or his current Portland Trail Blazers. But Lillard had not directly addressed the possibility of playing for other teams… until Tuesday. On an appearance on It Is What It Is with Cam’ron and Ma$e, he spoke about another long-rumored suitor for his services: his hometown Golden State Warriors.
Unfortunately for the Warriors, Lillard is not interested. “I respect what they’ve been doing over the last eight, nine years or whatever, and I’m from there, obviously. That’s home. But I can’t go be a part of that,” Lillard said at roughly the 53-minute mark. “They won four championships. What I look like going to try to do that?”
Lillard went on to take things a step further, essentially taking the possibility of a homecoming off of the table forever. “I’d never do nothing like that,” he continued. “I’d lose every year before I go.”
Lillard has several viable reasons for not wanting to play for Golden State. He saw firsthand how much criticism Kevin Durant received when he chose to join the Warriors in 2016, and even if he hadn’t, Stephen Curry currently occupies Lillard’s position of point guard. Curry and Lillard could perhaps play together, but the Warriors also have Klay Thompson and Chris Paul. One of them would almost certainly need to be in the deal, but meshing the three that remain would not be easy. Fortunately for Lillard, the Warriors have not credibly been linked to him this offseason, so he’s probably safe.
Still, it’s not hard to consider Lillard’s stance here a tad hypocritical. If the Warriors are the most successful team of this era of NBA history, the Heat are probably second. They are…
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Author : Sam Quinn
Publish date : 2023-09-19 21:36:53
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